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Mi Ranchito Taco Shop

Outstanding beef flautas at Mi Ranchito in Ramona! Definitely one of the best things to order on their menu.


Manana’s Mexican Food

Still the best breakfast burrito in Ramona! Even if they are getting smaller. 😫

The Main Course Restaurant

Updating my October 2015 review of the lobster mac & cheese at The Main Course Restaurant. When I first tried their version, I was not impressed. I understand the head chef has changed since then so I thought I would give it another try. Visually, it has improved remarkably! They’re using a rudimentary small elbow macaroni; the cheese sauce I’m not too sure about. I don’t know that I would even call it a traditional béchamel though. It still had a loose, almost soupy consistency which plagued the original version I tried. Although not as bad, it still wasn’t tight enough. A well crafted mac & cheese should not “drip” from your fork on its way to your mouth. 

There were approximately 6 or 7 bits of lobster in the entire dish. Each roughly the size of a polyp. I don’t consider that impressive for a $16 dish in an ostensibly high-end restaurant. I’ve had many great dishes over the years at The Main Course, particularly their grilled salmon. The lobster mac though just missed the mark for me. Service as always was excellent! I don’t make it into MC often but when I do I’m always impressed by the stunning décor and atmosphere! Truly a standout venue in Ramona.

Italian Cucina

Excellent house made baked Italian sausage with tagliatelle pasta and arrabbiata sauce! At Barona Casino’s Italian Cucina.

Just Smother It

I recently got to check out SoCal’s newest and spiciest food truck, Just Smother It! They were parked in front of Reds, Whites & Brews in Ramona at one of their great tap takeovers. The food is on point! Colorado style Mexican food with a simple menu of burritos, tacos, enchiladas, etc. They make a delicious green or red chili that is “smothered” over a number of their dishes, hence the name. Their recipes are passed down from generations of grandmother’s in the owners family. How could you go wrong with that! Just Smother It makes regular appearances throughout San Diego, including Ramona occasionally, at a variety of events and soirées. There’s a comprehensive calendar on their website so you can track where they’ll be and when.

Marinade on Main

One of the specials at Marinade on Main I’ve been wanting to try for some time is their bacon wrapped meatloaf! When I saw them advertise this dinner special on FB recently, I did not hesitate. It’s a good thing I acted quickly because it seemed to be popular that evening and they ran out within the first hour! The meatloaf is topped with some sort of tomato jam and the meal includes mashed taters and grilled vegetables, $17.

Overall a very tasty meatloaf but it was overwhelmed by the amount of tomato jam on top. Made it difficult to taste and enjoy the meat itself. Some of the bacon seemed underdone in parts. I considered the portion size to be on the smaller size for a $17 dish. The mashed taters had a remarkable, bright flavor and the perfect consistency; unfortunately they were served lukewarm. The grilled veg was outstanding! A thoughtful blend, nicely seasoned, and cooked to a perfect al dente.

Kountry Kitchen

There’s nothing more American than a big, beautiful country fried steak at Kountry Kitchen in Ramona, CA! Happy Independence Day 2019! 🇺🇸

La Taqueria Jalisco Catering

La Taqueria Jalisco is an outstanding food truck (trailer) that makes frequent visits to numerous soirées around Ramona. I first tried them at a tap takeover at Reds, Whites & Brews. Had an excellent order of carne asada nachos and a plate of street tacos. I just loved all the delicious flavors of hot sauce they give you on the side!

Wasa Sushi Bar & Grill

It’s about time I went in to check out the new Wasa Sushi Bar & Grill. I can’t believe I waited this long! A family run business with dad and daughters, I could not have felt more welcomed and at home. The place was even beautifully decorated for Christmas. I met the new proprietor and it was immediately evident that he has a passion for this business and making it succeed. It was almost infectious. Such a super nice guy and family. 

I ordered a Shrimp Tempura Roll. Made with tempura shrimp, crab, avocado, sprouts and cucumber; rolled with both nori and soy paper, topped with eel sauce. The presentation itself was simply stunning! It tasted as good as it looks, that I can tell you. The last time I ordered a shrimp tempura roll here (Da Tuna Shack), it was $9, in December 2014. Four years later, it’s still only $9! I was impressed. 

In my opinion there are only a handful of restaurants in Ramona that are absolute standouts. I now consider Wasa Sushi among them! If you’re not a fan of susie, there are plenty of other great options; they have much more than just sushi. In fact they’re open for lunch now with an expanded menu, including deli sandwiches, loaded fries and whatnot. I look forward to visiting Wasa again soon!


About once every five years I get a hankering for an Egg Mack Muffin! After eating this one, I realize why I’m content waiting another five years for the next one.

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